Dear James, Ronica, David, OW Holmes and Jenise,
What a delight to read your insights , experiences and suggestions when I got home to look at the Forum.
The input from you was much more practical than some of the more rigid formats I found just "googling" about the net.
Ronica, your enthusiam for your first meeting is contagious, and sets me in motion! The idea of a score card is something I shall propose, and I can see that will be a "work in progresss" that, if adopted, can evolve as people help with suggestions on rating characteristics of wines that are important to their palates.
I like the gentle competition to bring "good" wines and have one person go home the "winner" with a special prize!
David, You have me leapfrogging to find a "wine sock" just a little nicer better than what I pull out of my top dresser drawer, to help in a blind tasting. I liek the idea of a host being responsible for an event, so the rest are 'off the hook", and can relax for months, yet plan for their own evening's theme!
I'll see if the group, as it forms, wants to initially limit to 10-18 people, that seems to be manageable..
OW and Jenise, I never thought of belonging to two wine clubs to double the experiences and fun...It's eye opening to see how very different each club evolves..be it wine only, wine and food, etc. It seems easiest to have the host of the month decide his/her angle on the wine or food choices.
I do like the idea of the host explaining his/her choices and the background history, to further add to people's education.
Jenise, I never thought of those with cellars contributing more mature wines, as they like, as that lends a depth that is just not available at local winestores.
For tasting notes, I am open to suggestions for a "form" as an "assist" or reminder, for a dozen or so grapes so that for say, an oaky Chardonnay, Sancerre's citrus, etc people have an idea of how others have approached the grape and it's terroir...and can appreciate and learn to better appreciate and then use use terms as flinty, the overused "dry", and the associated flower and fruity characteristics that may apply.